On 16th January 2020, during the 3rd EMGF Ministerial Meeting, France asked to join EMGF membership. In addition, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy expressed his country's interest to join as a permanent observer.
On his part, Eng. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, welcomed France's participation in the meeting and its official request to join the Forum membership, as well as the US request to become a permanent observer, clarifying that these requests will be endorsed by the founding members, according to the Forum's regulations.
On the other side, El Molla asked for adding environment preservation domains to the World Bank studies, prepared to the forum, in addition to looking ahead for the renewable energy usage, as well as hydrogen.